Magnolias

Magnolias

Deciduous and evergreen large shrubs or feature size trees, many with nicely scented flowers in spring and summer. We have a great modern selection from around the world, including many new yellows which flower slightly later than the pinks and whites, and can avoid the frosts.

Magnolias prefer full sun, cool roots and shelter from strong winds. Plant in enriched soil, deeply worked, free draining, moisture retentive neutral to slightly acidic. After planting, feed with a good ericaceous fertilizer and mulch well. Apply slow release fertilizer every spring whilst the plant is establishing.

Magnolias were amongst the first plants on Earth to reproduce using flowers pollinated by insects. They are native to America and Asia, but not Europe. The Magnolia was named by Linnaeus in commemoration of Pierre Magnol, who was Louis XIV's doctor and a professor of Botany. Magnolia grandiflora was introduced into Britain from America in 1734. The first Magnolias from China arrived around 1780, and proved much hardier than those from America.

NEW: Just added some cracking new varieties, especially late flowering yellows, from renowned breeders such as August Kehr in Carolina, and Philippe de Spoelberch in Belgium. Being new and grafted, they do cost a bit more, and the 3 litre size are about 60-90cm tall.

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Magnolia Banana Split
Magnolia Banana Split
NEW. Green pointed buds open to yellow-cream flowers up to 25cm long, with a purple stained midrib. May flowering. An excellent selection made by Philippe de Spoelberch, from a plant raised by August Kehr. (M. brooklynensis 'Woodsman' x M. 'Lennei') x M. 'Elizabeth'. Vigorous upright habit. Height about 4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95
Magnolia Caerhay's Belle  AGM
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Magnolia Caerhay's Belle AGM
Rich blowsy salmon pink flowers up to 30cm wide and displayed sideways in great profusion in March, followed by large decorative pink seed cones, 20cm long. Forms a small to medium sized tree. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils.
£34.95

Magnolia Elizabeth  AGM
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Magnolia Elizabeth AGM
Fragrant cream to soft yellow flowers in late April/early May. The soft yellow flowers gradually fade to cream and the young unfurling leaves open to a dull reddish colour and turn to a dark green upper surface. An excellent deciduous cultivar which is very floriferous. Makes a broad spreading, vigorous small to medium sized tree. Magnolia acuminata was hybridised with M. denudata in 1956 at the Brooklyn...
£34.95
Magnolia Galaxy  AGM
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Magnolia Galaxy AGM
Striking purple pink to red slightly scented flowers in mid to late spring make a stunning statement in the garden. This plant makes a wonderful small to medium sized deciduous tree, initially upright in habit, but maturing to a pyramidal shape. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. William Kosar of the US National Arboretum raised this Magnolia...
£29.95

Magnolia Golden Pond
Magnolia Golden Pond
Large yellow tulip shaped flowers with narrow tepals, held upright on bare branches. Rich colour intensity during April-May. A fast growing large shrub or multi-stemmed tree. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. M. acuminata x M. denudata David Leach 1997.
£34.95
Magnolia Heaven Scent  AGM
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Magnolia Heaven Scent AGM
A magnificent small to medium sized deciduous tree, raised by Dr D Todd Gresham of Santa Cruz, California in 1955. Richly scented and free flowering pale pink tulip shaped flowers, getting darker towards the base, which open with horizontal tepals in April and May. A strong growing variety which prefers moist acid or neutral soils. Gresham started his Magnolia hybridisation programme in the mid 1950's...
£19.95

Magnolia Joli Pompom Semi-Mature Tree
Magnolia Joli Pompom Semi-Mature Tree
New and rare! The clearest and most exquisite white of all magnolias, with a glorious centre of soft rose pink stamens and pale green anthers. Another excellent magnolia bred by Philippe de Spoelbergh. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£79.95
Magnolia Mag's Pirouette  AGM
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Magnolia Mag's Pirouette AGM
NEW. White flowers with the outer tepals shorter than the inner ones, so there's an abundance of small flowers of good substance with a delightful citrus scent, flowering in April. A plant of compact habit, reaching around 3 metres in height. Best in moist acid soils, but will tolerate neutral soils with good organic content. Also known as Magnolia x loebneri Pirouette.
£34.95

Magnolia Norman Gould
Magnolia Norman Gould
Pure white cup shaped flowers with 8-9 tepals, with hint of pink at base in late March and April. Forms a vigorous multi-stemmed tree with prolific flowering from a young age. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. It tolerates neutral and alkaline soils, but grows best in moisture retentive soils with a good humus content. A polyploid selection of Magnolia kobus raised at RHS Wisley using colchinine treatment...
£29.95
Magnolia Pegasus AGM
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Magnolia Pegasus AGM
Pure white candle like flowers with delicate rays of pink-purple at the base. Flowering in April with 6 large upright tepals and 3 smaller outer tepals, with good frost tolerance. Cylindrical red fruiting cones in the autumn. A fast growing upright tree, possibly a hybrid between M. cylindrica and M. denudata, growing 2-4 metres high in 10 years, and then 15m at maturity. Please note this variety...
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Magnolia Princess Margaret Semi-Mature Tree
Magnolia Princess Margaret Semi-Mature Tree
A reliable plant with large red pink globe flowers, which open creamy on the inside in lotus shape during March-April. A tall growing upright plant of good habit reaching 6 metres. Good autumn leaf colour adds extra interest. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best on moist acidic soils.
£79.95
Magnolia Spectrum  AGM
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Magnolia Spectrum AGM
Gorgeous rich pinkish red flowers which are lighter on the inside on a small to medium size deciduous tree, flowering from mid-April to late May. It has an upright habit when young, but develops into a broad pyramidal shape after 15-20 years. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. William Kosar of the US National Arboretum raised this Magnolia...
£34.95

Magnolia stellata
Magnolia stellata
A lovely plant with pure white, large, star-shaped scented flowers in March and April. A native of Japan where it is found in mountain woodland, it is a slow growing small tree or large shrub which rarely exceeds 3m in height. Best in acid or neutral soil, in sun or part shade. Protect from late spring frosts when young, as these can kill every bud, and hence the plant.
£25.95
Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily'  AGM
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Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily' AGM
A selected form of Magnolia stellata with large pure white star-shaped scented flowers March and April. A slow growing shrub which rarely exceeds 3m in height. Protect from late spring frosts when young.
£34.95

Magnolia Susan  AGM
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Magnolia Susan AGM
The flowers are deep red-purple in bud, opening purple pink. Sweetly scented, and free flowering in late April. Compact growing, with a height and spread of 3 metres at maturity. Raised by Francis de Vos and William Kosar at the US National Arboretum in Washington in the mid 1960's, this is one of eight hybrids that they raised named after secretaries who worked at the arboretum or after wives and...
£34.95
Magnolia Tiketare
Magnolia Tiketare
A good late flowering pink variety, with a slowly spreading habit. A fine new variety from New Zealand. Pink cup shaped flowers with darker stripes on the outside, and pure white on the inside. April-May flowering. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95

Magnolia x soulangeana 'San Jose'
Magnolia x soulangeana 'San Jose'
Fragrant rose pink tulip-shaped flowers, with white on the inside. Flowering in late April, it makes a large, broad spreading, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub or small tree. Magnolia x soulangeana is the best known of all the Magnolias with 'cup and saucer' shaped blooms. It was first introduced by Etienne Soulange-Bodin, a cavalry officer in Napoleon's army. In 1820 he crossed Magnolia denudata with...
£34.95
Magnolia x soulangeana 'Verbanica'
Magnolia x soulangeana 'Verbanica'
Pretty rich pink cup-shaped flowers fade to white at the tips of the petals. A later flowering clone flowering in mid April or May. This lovely deciduous plant makes a large shrub or small tree. Magnolia x soulangeana is the best known of all the Magnolias typically with large 'cup and saucer' type blooms. It was first introduced by Etienne Soulange-Bodin, a cavalry officer in Napoleon's army. In 1820...
£34.95

Magnolia Yellow Lantern  AGM
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Magnolia Yellow Lantern AGM
Beautiful tall tulip shaped pale lemon flowers on a fastigiate small tree. Precocious early flowering on young plants during April-May. This deciduous plant flowers before the foliage appears. We have this plant at the entrance to our garden and it always looks fantastic, and creates lots of interest. This hybrid was raised in 1985 by the renowned Phil Savage of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Savage has...
£34.95